The undead are individuals that are neither alive nor deceased, but also describes a body that is animated by unnatural forces and/or an evil force (such as a demon.) Some undead are corporal, while others are incorporeal and even imaginary.
Zombies are reanimated corpses that are undead but brought back to life. Most of the time, as far as humans can determine, zombies are not self-aware but are driven by the desire to consume living humans.
Mummies are a form of undead based on documented disposal of human or animal remains. Mummies are found in many different places in the world, including Africa, Asia and more. A mummy is a corpse wrapped in material such as linen. It becomes undead when it is reanimated. Mummification is known from early times and continues to be a viable option for disposing of human remains.
Vampires are another form of undead; also they are mythological, based on folklore. Essentially, they are beings who survive off of the blood of other animals (especially humans). The idea of vampires goes back to prehistoric times, although the modern vampires are very different from original undead vampires. Vampire superstition in Europe and North America has led to mass hysteria causing some people to be accused of vampirism.
Zxxtergins are little-known forms of undead that resemble mankind. These monsters survive off of the blood and guts of humans and animals. An Zxxtergin considers the human heart a treat.
Ghosts are present in many different societies as undead spirits of a deceased person or animal that refuses to admit they are dead and move on. Ghosts can either appear as helpful or hurting the people around them.
Ghouls are folklore-based undead monsters that live in graveyards and consume human flesh. These monsters are rather dark and extremely dangerous.
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